By Meitav Aaron, Jewish Museum Milwaukee Intern During times of collective crisis, the priorities of our government are laid bare for our entire country to witness. During the height of the Great Depression, when closed signs were scattered on shop windows… Read More
Category: Politics and Government
Illuminating the 10 Stages of Genocide through Rywka’s Diary
Women and Resistance
As Jewish Museum Milwaukee prepares to exhibit Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman, we wanted to highlight women who have taken a stand. While some like Faye Schulman, were part of an organized movement or… Read More
Urgent History: Hollywood’s Past and the Future of Human Rights
Since Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare opened many local colleges have assigned students to view and respond to the exhibit. At the Museum, we generally do not get to read their responses, so the staff was delighted when UW-Milwaukee History Professor Christine… Read More
Blacklisted in a Click by Gene Policinski
On October 11, 2018, Jewish Museum Milwaukee opened Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare with a Premiere featuring Gene Policinski, one of the most eminent journalists on First Amendment Rights, a founder of USA Today, and President and COO of the Freedom… Read More
What’s Black and White and Red/Read All Over?
As Jewish Museum Milwaukee prepares to launch Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, one might ask: What’s Jewish or Milwaukee about the Hollywood Red Scare? The answer could be: What isn’t? Learn more about local and Jewish connections to the Hollywood Red Scare here.
Re-Education: A Collective Responsibility
In planning for the anticipated return of Stitching History From The Holocaust and the added stories of the Oelsner and Spira/Stern families, Jewish Museum Milwaukee was excited to present a timeline that would integrate their narratives with the Strnad’s and provide context for events surrounding World War II. Little did we know that in contextualizing the individual experiences that happened seventy-five years ago, we would encounter disturbing parallels to what we are witnessing in our world today.
Stitching History From the Holocaust: New Remnants
Check out how Jewish Museum Milwaukee found additional photos and documents relating to Hedy Strnad and her family. These additions show the evolution of Stitching History From the Holocaust, but also demonstrate that historical research is never done. There will always be more archives to explore and people to connect with, but each small salient connection like these helps expand our understanding of the lived experience.
Engaged and Relevant: The Role of Jewish Museum Milwaukee
JMM occupies a unique niche in the museum world in Milwaukee. We use the Jewish experience to build bridges between groups of people and between eras. We live our tagline “Where Conversations Happen” by looking at multiple perspectives of a topic or issue, by partnering with diverse organizations, by asking visitors to use critical thinking skills to contemplate commonalities and differences of a particular subject over time.
19th Century Girl Satirizes the 2016 Candidates: Lizzie Black Kander Valedictorian Speech—“When I’m President” (June 28, 1878)
By Sharon Levy, Intern In June of 1878 a young woman graduated as valedictorian from East Side High. Her name was Lizzie Black. She’s more commonly known in the Milwaukee Jewish community by her married name—Lizzie Kander, the founder of… Read More
An Exploration of “Madness”
By: Michael Fishbach I began interning at Jewish Museum Milwaukee a month ago, and last week, I took my first guided tour with a group of students from Rufus King Middle School. We first toured the visiting exhibit, which consisted… Read More
The Szyk Haggadah
1936. Lodz. The Szyk Haggadah, The Family at the Seder. The Szyk Haggadah Reminds Us of Struggles Past and Present By Molly Dubin, Jewish Museum Milwaukee Curator Passover and politics. It seems rather fitting that as we find… Read More
Black History and Arthur Szyk
Arthur Szyk was an immigrant to the US, but felt deeply for African Americans and portrayed their struggle in his artwork.
Arthur Szyk’s Work Swayed World War II Opinion
By: Patti Sherman-Cisler, Executive Director, Jewish Museum Milwaukee This editorial appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee will present the work of mid-20th century artist and activist Arthur Szyk, (pronounced “Shik”), through… Read More
The Not-So-Secret History of the Democratic Debate Location
When the Democratic candidates for president face-off tomorrow in the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, we are fairly certain that this is the first time a debate… Read More
By: Ellie Gettinger, Education Director In researching and developing Southern Exposure: The Jews of Argentina, one of the stories that really stuck with me was that of Adolph Eichmann and his presence in Argentina. Following World War II, Juan Peron,… Read More
Reactions from a Viewer – Stitching History From the Holocaust
This is feedback from a person who saw the piece about the exhibit on PBS NewsHour Weekend: I just watched a PBS video on Facebook about the Stitching History exhibit. My great grandfather was fortunate to leave Germany in search of… Read More
Leora Saposnik Addition to Stitching History From the Holocaust
By Molly Dubin, Curator An engaging ceramic and mixed-media piece by Madison-based artist, Leora Saposnik, has recently been put on display in the Museum’s atrium space. The sculptural work is a milk can inspired by an improbable story. While interred… Read More
New York Times Covers Stitching History From the Holocaust
By Ellie Gettinger, Education Director On September 27, the life of this small museum was turned upside down. Samuel Freedman published a loving and fantastic article about Stitching History From the Holocaust. He wrote, “The fashions are both text and textile, a… Read More
Helen Epstein Luncheon During Stitching History From the Holocaust
By Kathie Bernstein, Executive Director Several years ago I read Helen Epstein’s book, Where She Came From. It resonated with me because we were in the early planning stages for our current exhibit, Stitching History From the Holocaust, and Epstein’s story… Read More